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Saudi Arabia 2010: Camry dominates

Picture by Imran Akram. All rights reserved.

The Saudi car market has not been affected much by the economic crisis, with sales up 1% in 2009 at 595,586 units, the 2010 BMI forecast being +2% at 619,220 units.

Observation of the main capital cities’ streets through YouTube videos indicate the Toyota Camry is a strong best-seller in the country. Other successful models include the Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Yaris sedan, Chevrolet Aveo, Chevrolet Caprice, Toyota Corolla and Honda Accord.

Please get in touch if you have more detailed info about the Saudi car market!

More pictures below.

Picture by Edward Musiak. All rights reserved.

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  1. Saudi
    March 8, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Yes, I forgot the FJ Cruiser which is extremely popular here among young people.

  2. Saudi
    March 8, 2011 at 7:22 am

    By the way, the Camry in the first picture has a Kuwait car plate :).

    The last picture is Jeddah’s junction with two of the major streets: Thalia St. and Madinah Road, IKEA is just right of the picture.

    • March 8, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Hi Saudi,

      Thanks once again for all this info! And yes I know the Camry in the pic is not from Saudi Arabia 🙂 but i couldn’t find any real good pic of the Camry in SA. Perhaps you have some?

  3. Saudi
    February 27, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Ah, don’t forget American SUVs 🙂

    1st – GMC/Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban is favourite by far! Even Escalade 🙂

    2nd (far) – Ford (Expedition/Edge). Explorer is very rare in Saudi (though I know it is very popular in US). Even Flex is more popular, I would say.

    3rd (very far) – Dodge Durango, very rare. No Chrysler SUV on sale here.

    But recently Japanese cars are also more common than Americans also in SUV. Sequoia/Land Cruiser and Armada/Pathfinder/New Patrol 2011 are more popular than American cars. Infiniti FX is very very popular as well.

    Pick-Ups are very rare in Saudi Arabia. They must be registered like a commercial vehicle (even if it is a Lincoln Mark Pick-Up :)).

    Nice blog!

    • February 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Hey Saudi,

      Thanks very much for all these details! I will rework my article following your comments.

      • Saudi
        March 8, 2011 at 7:20 am

        matgasnie, you are welcomed, I find your blog very interesting.

        I couldn’t find data or chart whether in Arabic or English.

        I know Toyota/Lexus has 40/45 % market share because friend works in good position in Toyota KSA so he told me. And you can see in the streets, easily half of the cars are Toyota :). Note that here Toyota range is very large: Yaris (also hatchback), Corolla, Camry, Avalon, Aurion in cars and RAV4, Prado, Land Cruiser HDJ, Sequoia in SUVs. Maybe I forget something! And Lexus sell the whole range, including the new GX (previous GX was not in sale in Saudi).

        I read the other day in the newspaper that BMW surpassed this year Mercedes and Audi. Notably, the new 7-Series BMW is very popular, up to the Lexus LS and Mercedes S-Class.

  4. Saudi
    February 27, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Soldest car in Saudi is Toyota Corolla, I think. Not Camry. Though Camry is also very popular.

    Toyota/Lexus have 40-45% of the share market. Hyundai and KIA have been very successful in recent years. Most new taxis are Hyundai Elantra. Lexus is extremely popular among luxury cars. Out of the German cars, BMW is the most popular brand.

    I would add the to above list the Hyundai Accent (the brand-new model being already very popular) and new Hyundai Sonata. Also Mazda 2 Sedan and 3 are very common.

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